Tony Khan Discusses Possibly Signing Jay White & Kota Ibushi


During a recent appearance on the In the Kliq podcast, AEW President Tony Khan was asked about AEW’s interest in signing wrestlers such as Jay White and Kota Ibushi, who are both currently free agents.

Noting Jay White’s involvement in the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door pay-per-view event, Khan said,


“Jay White is still a big part of the New Japan roster and we’ll have to see what happens with him in the future. He’s one of the great wrestlers and we’ve definitely loved having him compete in AEW, wrestling against stars here. He was a big part of Forbidden Door last year and certainly would love to have him here working for us or fighting against us.”

Despite never having worked with Kota Ibushi, Khan also expressed his desire to sign the inaugural IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. He said,

“We’ve never worked with Kota Ibushi in AEW. I would love to have Kota Ibushi. Kota Ibushi has wrestled in Ring of Honor in the past and has a great history of wrestling in Japan and in America, and is a top free agent, and that’s somebody we would love to have here if the deal was right and if the timing is right.”

Since Tony Khan’s interview, Jay White lost a Loser Leaves NJPW match on Saturday night against Eddie Kingston at the New Japan ‘Battle In The Valley’ pay-per-view event.

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